At simultaneous events being held in Seattle and Tokyo, publisher Square Enix unveiled new information on its flagship series Final Fantasy. Timed for the 25th anniversary of the franchise, the developers unveiled Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Described as the close to the story of FFXIII's heroine Lightning, Square didn't have any video to share, but \did give out some early details along with some concept art.
After being the lead in Final Fantasy XIII and taking the back seat in Final Fantasy XIII-2 to her sister Serah, Lightning is back as the playable main character in what Square is calling the "epic conclusion to Lightning's saga." Though not big on specifics, the producers on the title talked up an increase in customizability for the character and more direct character control in battles. The game makers then moved on to the setting, a world made up of four huge islands that are connected by a monorail. In a move reminiscent of Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the world is doomed to ruin in 13 days, and Lightning has to save it in that time. The islands have cities and people that act around a day/night cycle, and are filled with the types of challenging monsters you've come to expect from the series.
The game is planned for release next year on the PS3 and the 360.